Introduction Kuala Lumpur
The city began as a mining settlement in the late 1800s with the discovery of tin at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. Although KL’s tin trade has since declined, the growth of the city has remained unabated.
Today, with a population of 1.5 million, it is the pulse of the nation. Kuala Lumpur leads the country’s fast paced development in trade and commerce, banking and finance, manufacturing, transportation, information technology and tourism.
Kuala Lumpur was conferred the city status on February 1, 1972 and declared a Federal Territory in 1974.
Kuala Lumpur , the capital city of the Federation of Malaysia, is centrally located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
Covering some 243 sq km (94 square miles), it lies approximately 35 km from the coast.Getting to Kuala Lumpur is easy with over 40 international airlines, inclusing Malaysia Airlines, serving the city’s new state-of-art Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang.
Domestic routes are served by Air Asia, Pelangi Air, Singapore Airlines and Royal Brunei Airlines, in addition to Malaysia Airlines.
Population: c.a. 23,000,000Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Ethnic : 59% Malay & other indigenous, 32% Chinese and 9% Indian.
Religion: Muslim (primarily Malays), Buddhism (Chinese), Hindu (Indian), Christianity, Confucianism, Taoism and tribal religions.
Languages: Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects, Mandarin, Hakka dialects, Cantonese, Tamil and numerous tribal languages.